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Is CPS Undercounting COVID-19 Cases In Schools? Alderpeople Demand Investigation As Allegations Spread

CPS officials denied any wrongdoing and defended their methodology, saying the discrepancy highlighted on Twitter will be cleared up.

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Shedd Aquarium Penguins Star In New Children’s Picture Book

The picture book tells the story of the penguin field trips around the Shedd Aquarium that went viral in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Plastic Bag Store Art Installation Features Hundreds Of Fake Grocery Items Made From Salvaged Garbage

The fake store, which is in the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue through Jan. 30, features reimagined staples like “Shredded Waste” cereal and “Bagorade” sports drink. Also: a puppet show.

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Elite Club Members Tried To Stop Nikole Hannah-Jones’ MLK Day Speech. So She Schooled Them Using Dr. King’s Words

After Union League Club of Chicago members said it would "dishonor Dr. King" for Hannah-Jones to give a speech, calling her a "discredited activist," she fought back with King's own words.

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Why Does ‘Pancake Ice’ Form On Lake Michigan? Experts Say Some Weather Magic Is Needed To Form The Mini Icebergs

The waterlily-like ice formations require a specific balance of elements to come about, and its existence is fleeting amid the strong waves of Lake Michigan.

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Watchdog Report Tears Into Lightfoot Office’s Attempt to ‘Mislead,’ Provide ‘False Narratives’ In Anjanette Young Raid Fallout

The watchdog’s report found “the inefficient and wasteful management of the City’s response to a wrong raid."

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CPS Students Stage Walk Out To Demand Better COVID-19 Safety Measures In Schools: ‘We Don’t Get Any Say’

Though the district and teachers reached a deal for classes to resume, students say they felt left out of the decision making process. They want more remote learning options and access to testing and masks.

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Scooters Are Coming Back To Chicago, But They Won’t Be Allowed On The 606 Trail

The scooters, which are arriving in the spring, will also be banned on the lakefront path and the riverwalk.

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X-Pot Opens In South Loop With Sleek Decor, Robot Servers And Goal Of Elevating Hot Pot Experience

The restaurant opened a year after the first X-Pot debuted on the Las Vegas strip.

South Loop

COVID-19 Testing Chain Opened Pop-Ups Across The US. Now, It’s Temporarily Closing Amid Federal Investigation And Mounting Complaints

The Center for COVID Control's lab wasted 40,000 tests, according to a federal report. And again and again, people have reported getting late results, no results — or ones that don't make sense.

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Chicago Students Plan Walkout Friday, Say District Is Ignoring Youth Voices About School Safety

The Chicago Public Schools Radical Youth Alliance, or Chi-Rads, is behind the Friday walkout, which will culminate in a 1:30 p.m. press conference and rally outside CPS headquarters.

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‘Jurassic Oceans’ Show Coming To Field Museum In February

The exhibit opens Feb. 25 and will feature fossils, CGI projections and replicas of marine reptiles and other animals from the Jurassic time period.

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Block Club Chicago Awarded $1.6 Million Grant From American Journalism Project To Expand

In conjunction with the American Journalism Project grant, the Chicago Community Trust pledged an additional $450,000 in matching funds to Block Club over three years.

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The Field Museum Is Offering Free Days In January And February. Here’s The Schedule

The free-day tickets cannot be reserved in advance and will only be available on-site to Illinois residents.

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The Shedd Aquarium Has Free Days This Week. Here’s The Complete Schedule

Free days for Illinoisans start Thursday and run through Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Reservations are required.

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A Piece Of The Hancock Building Fell Off In ‘Freak Incident,’ Terrifying Neighbors

No one was injured in the incident. Workers must now check that the cladding on the building, one of Chicago's tallest, is safe.

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PHOTOS: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Bring Thousands Downtown To Ring In 2022

A thick fog hung over the city as the chapter closed on 2021, but that did not cloud the celebration of the New Year.

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Lightfoot Defends City’s Downtown New Year’s Eve Fireworks Amid COVID-19 Surge: ‘Be Smart, Be Safe’

"I'm not gonna be the mom and tell people what they should and shouldn't do," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, urging people to get tested and vaccinated for a safer New Year's Eve.

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Goodman Theatre Cancels ‘A Christmas Carol’ Shows Due To COVID-19

Ticketholders will be given refunds, or they can use their tickets to watch a video of the 2021 production online.

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Chicago’s Biggest Fireworks Display Ever Will Be Held On Lakefront, Chicago River For New Year’s Eve

The display will be spread across 1.5 miles and will start at midnight.

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